Holidaymakers in the latest Cyprus Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI) can find real Cyprus beyond the beaches and hotel complexes. This initiative has created six self-governing rural roads accessible from the island and # 39 main resorts, all of which allow visitors to rural areas. It is in these regions that EU funds are restoring traditional Cypriot businesses and crafts. Motorbikes cover the area around Limassol. Orini, Larnaca and Lefkara; Famagusta with its red land villages and windmills. The Trodos Mountains, plus Picilla and Acacia National Park. Visitors can discover traditional Cypriot businesses as a result of operations on these routes. For example, visitors can see the small village of Agros in the Pitilia region, or the making of jams, chimneys and southpaws of the Tsolakis Rosewood Factory, where rosewood is removed from flower sheets and used in candles and liqueurs. For young children, it is fascinating to have a rebuilt mill and a fun olive shop in Oleastero.
Meanwhile, architectural heritage and ancient history abound in smaller and more remote Cyprus, such as Trodos and the monastery of Cycos. The motor tracks include a number of archaeological sites associated with the goddess Aphrodite, spread across Cyprus from Cape Greco to Akcam. These include Kition in Lyon, Acropolis of ancient Amathous, Kouklia village, Petra Tou Romiou (Aphrodite & # 39; s Rock) and Aphrodite baths.
Such self-sustaining ideas can be enjoyed by those who choose a hotel holiday, but more and more visitors can access the local lifestyle by booking a holiday in one of the more than 40 villages where the converted village houses offer rustic and comfortable apartments through fireplaces, patios (and often pools for those who prefer). These village-based vacations allow holidaymakers to meet locals and even engage in other farming activities during winter or grape harvest.
Training in sampling local agrarian economic activity, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has created six wine routes to help holidaymakers discover the island's wine production history.
Routes along the clearly marked lines cover the main wineries, including Laona, Ampelite, Panagia, Vuni, Commandaria, Picilla and Limassol. One can see large producers as well as small and family wineries. Wine tasting is a great feature in all places.
Overall, Cyprus is among the first in the line of holiday ideas to address the new reality of sustainable tourism development. This carefully controlled progress is planned to continue, enabling eco-conscious travelers to enjoy the Mediterranean in a style that helps ensure the prosperity of local people.